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Indian government launches National Urban Information Scheme, 137 cities and towns will soon have digital maps and GIS database

New Delhi, India, 9 August 2006: Authorities in the Capital in India will soon have digital maps and GIS database of their areas to check rampant unauthorised construction and better urban planning. This will come through the Urban Development Ministry’s recently launched National Urban Information Scheme (NUIS) aimed at achieving better planning and management of urban settlements.

“The satellite generated digital maps and GIS data will be helpful for speedy preparations of master plans, zonal plans, utility plans and town planning schemes,” said an official. The Rs. 68.28-crore ( 14 Million USD approx.) Urban Development Ministry initiative will in its first phase cover 137 cities and towns across the country, including mega-cities and all seven Union Territories. “Digital information will also be useful for infrastructure development, disaster management and environment monitoring in cities and towns,” he added. NUIS will comprise two major components with independent but related objectives.

The first component – urban spatial information system scheme – will provide information related to urban settlements by use of modern technologies like GIS (Geographic Information System) and MIS (Management Information System).

The second component – national urban databank and indicators – will provide statistics related to housing and households. The national/local urban observatories will cater to indicators related to health, education and infrastructure.